Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Lasker, Gabriel Ward

US physical anthropologist and human biologist. A specialist in adaptive physiology, Lasker helped to dismantle the typological concept of race with the paper Human biological adaptability, published in Science (1969, 166: 1480); this paper emphasized human plasticity and provided evidence, based on previous work, that the adult human body is influenced by environmental factors as well as by genes. Lasker was editor of Human Biology (1953-87), and the first editor of the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. He was also a co-founder of the Cambridge University Press monograph series Cambridge Studies in Biological Anthropology, which he initiated with volume 1 as Surnames and Genetic Structure (1965).

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